Team Iron Overload Gear Up For 26 Mile London Challenge

Five runners are taking part in The Virgin London Marathon later this month, raising funds for the charity and also raising awareness of haemochromatosis amongst their families, friends, and other supporters.

Marathon runnersThis is the second year that Team Iron Overload has taken part in the country’s largest mass participation sporting event, and one of the world’s most successful charity fundraising events. This year the team consists of a mix of people taking places provided by the charity, and runners who secured their own place through the entry ballot or through running good times previously.

David Head, Chief Executive at the society said “I still don’t really understand it – why run over 26 miles when in London there is a perfectly good bus service?!

“More seriously though, it is an incredible challenge and we are very proud of the team. Raising funds for our increasing work programme is crucial and hopefully our running shirts will get a bit of TV coverage to boot. I’m looking forward to meeting our runners at the finish and congratulating them on a fantastic personal achievement too.”

Please support our runners with a few pounds of sponsorship to recognise their commitment to the challenge and to supporting the charity.

Claire Lewis

Marathon runner ClaireClair said “My beloved dad Steve Kitcher was diagnosed 12 years ago.  Haemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders. As a result of his condition, my dad went on to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol  and unfortunately passed away suddenly in October 2014 following a heart attack. He was only 58. After speaking to the heart specialist at the hospital, we realised that heart disease can be a further complication of haemochromatosis – something we were completely unaware of. I am running the London Marathon in memory of my dad and to help raise awareness of this disease so that in the future people like my dad can be saved”.

Shaun Giltrap 

Shaun says “I was diagnosed with haemochromatosis last year, through a routine test. I was lucky that it was diagnosed early as if left untreated it can lead to the poisoning of vital organs. I want to raise funds and awareness of haemochromatosis and thought that running this famous event would be a great way to do so”.

Dave Phillips

Our later entrant David wrote “In November 2016, I suffered a stress fracture in my lower leg which stopped my from running and training for several months. As a motivation to start training again, I dedicated my commitment to running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 for The Haemochromatosis Society. I have only recently returned to training and will find the marathon a very difficult challenge with only a short time to train but this will be a level of pain and endurance far below what people suffering from haemochromatosis are going through. Please donate what you can to support my challenge and help fight this disease”.

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca said “The Haemochromatosis Society is a brilliant charity which has helped provide support to my Dad who was diagnosed last year. Despite being a relatively common condition, little is known about Haemochromatosis and sadly it is often diagnosed very late. The Haemochromatosis Society funds vital research into the condition and helps to raise awareness to ensure early diagnosis. Please donate whatever you can, to not only motivate me round 26.2 miles, but also to help this wonderful charity continue to help thousands of people.  Thank you!”

Thomas Caulfield

Thomas is a repeat and own-place runner, having completed the event in 2016 for us. He ran an incredible time of 2hrs 55mins and is hoping to emulate that again. He said “I have decide to run the London marathon again in memory of my dad who was my greatest fan. I have gained a good for age place again because I ran a Personal Best of 2:55:51 last year. The 2016 VLM was the first marathon I had ran since my fathers passing and I managed to finally run a sub 3, something which he always says I would do. I am hoping to use his memory to inspire me again to run a PB, and also raise money for the Haemochromatosis society”.